Hofesh Shechter is not an artist of undertones. Pieces like “Political Mother” and “Sun”, which have been presented at the Berliner Festspiele, both give a taste of the apocalypse with their bombastic musical scores and masterful choreographies. His choreographies expose the mechanisms of violence, power and repression, revealing Shechter to be a powerful thought provoking choreographer. The most recent work “barbarians”, which will see its world premiere at Foreign Affairs, is more contemplative, ironic – but no less dark than its precursors. The infinitely unpredictable Shechter presents a sparse world for three wildly different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love. Revealing his choreography at its most elegant and intimate, the highly acclaimed and perturbing “the barbarians in love” opens the evening. Trembling with emotion residing within order, an ecclesiastic baroque score accompanies a truly contemporary confession. What follows, as two more new works unfold, is a volatile explosion of dubstep grooves for an almost urban choreography and a quirky duet which together complete an evening showcasing the singular and wry voice of their creator and the versatility and talent of his individual dancers.
Choreography: HOFESH SHECHTER
With PAULA ALONSO GOMEZ, MAËVA BERTHELOT, WINIFRED BURNET-SMITH (rehearsal assistant), CHIEN-MING CHANG, SAM COREN, FREDERIC DESPIERRE (rehearsal assistant), BRUNO KARIM GUILLORE, PHILIP HULFORD (rehearsal assistant), YEJI KIM, KIM KOHLMANN, ERION KRUJA, MEREL LAMMERS, ATTILA RONAI, HANNAH SHEPHERD, DIOGO SOUSA
Production: Hofesh Shechter Company
Co-production: Sadler’s Wells, London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, Maison de la Danse, Lyon, Festival d’Avignon, HOME Manchester, Festspielhaus St. Pölten (including a Working Residency), Hessisches Staatsballett, Staatstheater Darmstadt/Wiesbaden (including a Working Residency)
Kindly supported by the British Council.
Duration 90 min
€ 35/25/15, reductions € 25/15/10